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Print Posted by Guymon Orthodontics on 03/12/2018

What does it feel like to get braces put on?


What does it feel like to get braces put on?

Getting braces for the first time? 

Want to know the process of getting braces?

Does it hurt to get braces?

Watch the video to see how braces are put on, step-by-step! 


Transcript auto-generated on YouTube

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hi I'm dr. Guymon one of the things

that I'm commonly asked in the exams

that I do is What does it feel like to

get braces put on? Does it hurt to get braces put on? How long does

it take to get braces put on? and What's it like getting braces put on?

00:12

and so I thought it would be

00:13

kind of cool that show a little video of

00:15

us putting on braces on one of our

00:17

patients and so that's what we're going

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to go through right now is step by step

00:21

what we do or there's no magic to it and

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so I wanted to show you the video so

00:27

that you felt comfortable of seeing what

00:29

you were in for and what that whole

00:31

experience is going to be like okay

00:33

we're going to walk you through putting

00:35

on braces and I'm going to use this

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patient that we're going to call her

00:38

Sarah we're going to put on Sarah's

00:41

braces right now and we start off by

00:42

basically putting on a little cheek

00:44

retractor and this cheek retractor holds

00:47

the lips and cheeks away from the teeth

00:49

which you'll see then we also use a

00:51

little device that holds the tongue away

00:52

from the teeth now the reason we want

00:54

these guys in there is we want to keep

00:56

the teeth as dry as possible once we

00:59

start preparing the teeth and working on

01:00

them we don't want the lips the saliva

01:03

or the tongue to interfere with what

01:05

we're doing and here you see that we're

01:07

painting each individual tooth with a

01:09

little cotton applicator and we're

01:12

basically sterilizing the tooth surface

01:13

and preparing it for the glue this glue

01:16

is a special kind of glue that sticks to

01:19

tooth surfaces only after they've been

01:20

prepared with this special material once

01:23

we put the sterilization agent on we

01:25

rinse it and then we dry it off we want

01:28

the teeth to be as dry as possible and

01:30

then here you'll see me come in and put

01:32

on each of the braces one at a time now

01:35

the braces are the bracket we call them

01:37

brackets each have a little bit of glue

01:41

on them and we put them on the tooth

01:43

just like you'd put a sticker on

01:44

something so you put them on just like a

01:46

sticker but the glue is not yet set or

01:48

dried so it allows us to work with the

01:50

braces so at this point we've had we

01:52

have all the braces on the teeth one of

01:55

the things you might notice at this

01:56

stage also is that each of the teeth has

01:59

a very specific bracket for it and so as

02:02

a matter of fact we use six different

02:05

types of brackets on the upper arch and

02:07

five different types of brackets on the

02:10

lower arch

02:11

and they're a little bit different in

02:13

shape and dimension some of them have

02:15

hooks for rubber bands to where you can

02:18

see those hooks on the brackets

02:20

themselves and and so they're all very

02:24

specific for the individual tooth

02:25

they're they're moving here you can see

02:29

that we're actually trying to get the

02:31

angles of the brackets right so we're

02:34

positioning them with a with what we

02:37

call a scaler and now we're going in and

02:39

we're actually measuring the height of

02:41

each bracket now each bracket along with

02:43

each tooth out in a specific bracket

02:45

each mm for ideal bracket placement and

02:49

so I'm using this measuring device and

02:51

holding it at different angles to get

02:53

the brackets right at the right

02:55

measurements on each specific tooth a

02:57

couple things I want to talk about with

02:59

the specific brackets is that within

03:02

those brackets they actually have a what

03:05

we call a prescription built into them

03:07

that prescription once we put a wire in

03:10

that prescription dictates the

03:12

angulation and the torque or inclination

03:16

of each individual tooth as well as the

03:18

height of each individual tooth within

03:20

the mouth so one of the things that's

03:22

important to me is when I go in and

03:24

start putting on the braces I can

03:26

already envision the teeth and their

03:30

final position so I kind of begin with

03:33

the end in mind I can already see the

03:34

final results I can see the final smile

03:36

before I even put on the braces

03:41

now here you see the special light it's

03:45

a basically a visible within the visible

03:48

spectrum so it's not a laser or anything

03:50

like that there's no heat that's

03:51

generated from it it's just a very

03:53

intense light that acts as a catalyst to

03:57

make the glue harden and each bracket

03:59

needs to be cured approximately 10 15

04:02

seconds and we move on one bracket at a

04:04

time and you can see as we finish moving

04:07

the light across the glue that bracket

04:10

is then set and it becomes a permanent

04:13

permanent fixture on the teeth until we

04:15

decide to take that bracket off and see

04:24

really at this point there's not really

04:27

any pain that goes into putting on the

04:28

braces like I said it's just like

04:30

putting stickers on the teeth doesn't

04:33

feel real normal at first she has a hard

04:35

time getting your lips over her teeth

04:37

over her braces everything feels real

04:39

bulky and thick now once we've got all

04:42

the braces on we move to the next step

04:46

which is putting the wires on to the

04:50

braces themselves okay at this point

04:54

sarah has all of her braces on we've

04:57

used the light to make the glue hard and

04:59

now she's ready for the next step which

05:01

is to put her wires in now these wires

05:04

are made of well we call them copper

05:07

night tie wires they've got it basically

05:10

this material was developed by NASA

05:12

quite a while ago and it is a

05:14

temperature sensitive wire that is also

05:18

a shape memory wire now what that means

05:20

is that this wire is very flexible but

05:25

when it hits body temperature when it

05:27

starts to warm up the wire always

05:30

returns to its original straight shape

05:31

so it's not like your standard wire that

05:33

you'd find in you know building

05:35

materials or or what have you it's a

05:37

shape memory wire and so what that means

05:40

is as we attach the wire to each

05:43

individual bracket and you'll see that

05:45

we're putting on her colored ties right

05:46

now these colored ties although they're

05:48

kind of cute and pretty really their

05:50

only purpose is to hold the wire to the

05:52

braces now you'll see this wire

05:55

to get distorted as we go into the more

05:57

crooked teeth and this wire what like I

06:01

said once it hits body temperature it

06:04

actually starts to return to its

06:06

original straight shape so as that wire

06:08

over time straightens out the teeth that

06:11

you can see are crooked or the wire that

06:13

you can see is crooked become straight

06:15

and as the wire becomes straight the

06:17

teeth becomes straight and so really the

06:20

braces are just a handle on the tooth

06:22

the ligature ties those rubber colored

06:26

rubber rubber ties are nothing more than

06:28

holding the wire to the handle and the

06:31

wire is what puts the pressure on the

06:33

teeth and causes the teeth to move now

06:35

at this point she feels a little bit of

06:37

pressure from the wire but again it's a

06:40

very light flexible wire we start off

06:41

with real light flexible wires and work

06:43

up into heavier thicker rectangular

06:45

wires some so the initial wire is very

06:48

light forces but after about 3 to 4

06:51

hours her teeth will start to feel

06:53

tender she won't want to be chewing on

06:57

anything hard so basically her diets

07:00

going to consist for the first three

07:01

days of swallowing type of foods or

07:05

softer foods

07:10

okay so there you go you just saw some

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give you a little clip of what it was

07:15

like getting the braces off now

07:17

obviously that was a little short

07:19

version of the reality of it from

07:21

starting to finish it probably takes us

07:23

about an hour to put on braces and get

07:27

everything done from start to finish so

07:29

it's it's a little longer than what you

07:32

saw there but we're not working on the

07:34

patient the whole time so you're not

07:35

sitting there with your mouth open and

07:37

your cheek stretched out for the whole

07:38

hour but but it does take about an hour

07:40

to get the whole thing done now

07:43

one of the things you notice that we

07:45

don't have needles there's no needles

07:47

there's no poking there's no blood

07:49

there's no crying or or anything like

07:52

that it's a pretty relaxed deal we

07:54

talked through the whole thing now

07:55

there's some points that you can't talk

07:57

because we've got your cheek cheek

07:58

straight out stretched out and your your

08:00

tongue kind of held back but really the

08:04

whole time you're just you should be

08:06

pretty relaxed about this whole deal I

08:07

don't know we put Paige put braces on

08:10

patients as young as six or seven and

08:12

you know really it's not a hard thing to

08:16

go through now I will say that the next

08:18

couple of days after braces

08:20

that's a little more challenging that's

08:21

when your teeth are going to be sore but

08:23

in our office really there's we don't

08:25

there's not a lot of pain and we'll

08:27

you're at the office most of your

08:29

soreness and tooth soreness is more of a

08:32

dull soreness rather than a sharp pain

08:35

and it usually happens a day later you

08:38

know maybe at the earliest four hours

08:40

after after an appointment but during

08:42

the appointment itself you can see

08:43

pretty relaxed pretty easy and again

08:46

shouldn't be a lot of worries about

08:48

what's going to happen here in the

08:49

office glad you watched it hope you got

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something out of it hope watching that

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video set jetties we look forward to

08:57

putting on your braces should be a great

08:59

experience for you look forward to doing

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it for you

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